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Password Strength

Today i would like to talk to you about passwords.

Gone are the days of giant doors and huge lock/chains.

Most items are protected by passwords. E.g. Our phones, Social Media, emails, bank accounts etc etc.

So if passwords are important why not spend some time to figure out the best way to strengthen them?

Today with the right applications and tools passwords can be broken into pretty quickly. Sometimes our password is all that stands in the way of privacy and secure access to money or worse your home surveillance!

also today with single sign-on open standard for authorization (OAUTH) meaning to use your facebook or google account to login other web services or devices means 1 password failure may lead to multiple accounts affected.

scary? so how???

It is in my opinion that a strong password does not necessary need to look like this a#(2$1@psDu9Q]{Qwe

A strong password must fulfill 3 criterias

  1. It must meet the minimum requiresments today of Alpha Numeric Capital Lowercase Special Character and minimum length of 8. i recommend more than length of 14 preferably 20.
  2. It must be easy for you to remember
  3. It must not be easily decipherable when typing (as in when people are looking over your shoulder) if your password is abc1234567890 it’s going to be pretty obvious…

also it is not wrong to write down your passwords. just make sure you leave yourself a good hint or put your passwords under lock and key or password vault apps.

you can help passwords like this:

“iliketowatch2and1/2menat9”

Or something you’re passionate about

“c0zb@byyouraf1yawork!”

Either way make sure it’s something your brain strongly relates to. and you will be able to remember it better :)

If you are planning a password or are just curious how strong your password could be try out this site. http://www.passwordmeter.com/
Screenshot as per below:

passwordtester

It helps you calculate how strong your password is or could be

Hope this has been useful to you and happy LOCK DOWN! :)

Regards,
David Tan

USB Drive files turned to shortcut

Hello! and welcome back.

Today I would like to share with you a common problem thats is happening more rampantly!!

Symptoms:
You plug your pendrive, usb drive, thumbdrive etc etc into an infected PC and then suddenly all your files turn into shortcuts! example below
shortcutplague

Do not click on any of those links.. as those shortcuts are just mirroring your filename and icon but really are infact a weblink to download malicious viruses and trojans.. basically calling his buddies down to your computer!!!

What to do?
Dont panic. What i’m going to show you is not rocket science neither is it a foreign language. so take a deep breath, clear your mind and do it step by step slow and steady :)

Step 1: Stop the infection
most of the time these are cause by a VB script. You need to turn of the engine that runs the script else you will go into an endless loop of cleaning and recuring… to do this righclick on a blank preferably middle part of your taskbar (the taskbar is the long horizontal stripe where your clock and windows button are).
You will see a menu pop up. Proceed to click on ‘task manager’
taskbarrightclick

Taskmanager will appear.  on the top tab select  “processes” then sort by Image name. Now what you need to look out for is this application running called wscript.exe. Select it and click “end process”

Step 2: to get the files back from your thumbdrive do this.
Take note what is the drive letter of your thumbdrive. e.g. C: or D: or E: etc etc.

Click start – > in search box type “cmd” you will be able to see a black box with the word CMD or command prompt. Press  the “Enter” key.

You will then see a black box as below

cmd

ok remember i asked you to take note of the drive letter of your thumbdrive? so if your thumbdrive is “F” for example what i want you to do is to use command promp (the black box application) to get to your thumbdrive. so now type the following command and press enter

Change drive

f:

changedrive

Unhide all your files

attrib -s -h /s /d *.*

*note this command -h removes hidden setting on your file -s removes it as a system file /s /d allows it to work on your folders as well.

after this type ‘exit’ and press enter the Command prompt will then disappear.

Step 3 delete the links and remove the malicious script

now if you go to your thumbdrive now, you will find that all your files are now visible again Hooray! but hold up. make sure you follow thru and clean up the malicious files first. first step delete all the files that are shortcuts basically all files with a tiny arrow as per below.

example

Then lastly look for this file by the name of “updateUS.vbs” delete this file.

 

Step 4: clear your temporary folder.

Most of the time if you have this problem, the chances are you got it from somebody or you computer got infected and thus infected your drive. it’s a 50/50 thing so what i recommend is to be safe, clear your temporary folders.

temp folders are folders created by applications or installations to temporarily run something. it’s also where most malicious files tend to end up as well. so best to clear it. how to do this? click start -> at the search box type %temp% and press enter

it will bring you to a folder like this

mxJg8

select all the files inside this folder and delete them. they are basically files used during your games, browsing, installation time. Imagine it to be a huge dumping area. Not all files will be deleted you will get some error of which some files cant be deleted. click skip for these files.

alternatively you can try http://addpcs.com/software/tfc/#/about this is an application that helps you delete your temp folder :)

I hope this article help you or at least pointed you in the right direction.

Regards,
David Tan

Additional Notes:
Instead of commandline, you can also use this to unhide your files it’s called attribute changer http://www.petges.lu/home/

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Welcome to our humble site. we’ve been so busy working with clients on their projects for the past 8 years that we totally ignored our own personal need! (yeah i know bad practice)

But not anymore! This is our website with an objective!
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